Two North Platte Community College softball players were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association NJCAA Division II all-Midwest Region squad.
Sophomore Willow Chitty (North Platte) and sophomore Emily Marsden (Papillion) were both selected to the All-Midwest Region’s second team.
A total of 91 players in the country from 29 schools were selected to each of the country’s three NJCAA regions.
Among Chitty’s honors this year, she was named Region IX Division II Offensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-Region IX team and the Region IX tournament team.
She led all Region IX Division II hitters with a.575 batting average with seven homeruns and 48 RBIs. She had 153 at bats, scored 43 runs, 18 doubles, 15 stolen bases, 131 total bases, had a .594 on-base percentage and slugged .856. Her 88 hits this season were the second best in the nation among players from 131 Division II schools. Her batting average was third best in the nation and her on-base percentage fifth in the nation.
Marsden batted .441 and in 159 plate appearances had 60 hits, eight doubles, three home runs, 14 steals and 24 RBIs to go along with a .503 on-base percentage and a.581 slugging mark.
She also appeared in 28 games as a pitcher, starting 12 with a 6-9 record and a 5.84 ERA in 92.1 innings. She struck out 68 hitters (second most in the region) with nine complete games, also second best in the region. She was named to the Region IX all-tournament team.
Lincoln – University of Nebraska students have locked down their section of “The Vault,” as the NU Athletics Ticket Office announced Friday morning that men’s basketball student tickets are sold out for the 2019-20 season.
Nearly 1,600 student tickets have been purchased since they went on sale after the hiring of Fred Hoiberg in April. Friday’s announcement marks the earliest sellout date for student tickets since the 2015-16 season.
“Having a strong student section is important in building a home-court advantage, and today’s announcement shows how excited Husker students are for the upcoming season.” Hoiberg said. “Our team’s goal is to work hard and give our students and fans a product they can be proud of.”
The season-ticket renewal process is currently underway for the 2019-20 season, as fans can purchase tickets to all 17 games, including 10 Big Ten Conference matchups, at Pinnacle Bank Arena this season for as low as $136. For more information on
men’s basketball season tickets or to sign up for the season-ticket request list, visit Huskers.com/requestlist or call the NU Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED during business hours (Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.).
The Huskers host Doane in an exhibition game on Wednesday, Oct. 30, before the season opener tips off against UC Riverside on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Pat Bowlen, the Denver Broncos owner who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar television deals, died late Thursday night, just under two months before his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was 75.
In a statement posted on the Broncos' website, Bowlen's family said he died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. They did not specify a cause of death. Bowlen had battled Alzheimer's for several years.
Bowlen was the first owner in NFL history to oversee a team that won 300 games — including playoffs — in three decades. He had as many Super Bowl appearances (seven) as losing seasons, and Denver is 354-240-1 since he bought the club in 1984.
Under his stewardship, the Broncos won Super Bowls in 1998, '99 and 2016.
Following their 31-24 victory over Green Bay for the franchise's first championship, Bowlen famously hollered, "This one's for John!" Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway called it the greatest moment of his playing career.
Elway the executive returned the favor on Feb. 7, 2016, when he jabbed the silver Lombardi Trophy into the sky after Denver's 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50 and declared, "This one's for Pat."
That came 18 months after Alzheimer's forced Bowlen to step down from his daily duties running the team.
"I'm just glad I had the opportunity," Elway told The Associated Press in the victorious locker room that night. "I didn't want to think about it too much because I didn't want to jinx anything. But I was waiting for the day that I was able to do that. So, I was glad and really thrilled that I was able to do that and we'll take that trophy over to Pat next week and let him cherish it."
Elway delivered the prize to Bowlen's home back in Denver. And in the Mile High City, more than a million fans packed downtown for a victory parade 17 years after Elway capped his remarkable playing career by leading the Broncos to back-to-back titles.
Super Bowl 50 was the Broncos' eighth trip to the big game, seven under Bowlen's watch, and all of those with Elway's help — first as his QB and then as his GM.
Bowlen's wife, Annabel, who recently announced that she, too, is battling Alzheimer's, and their children were on hand to accept the Lombardi Trophy on his behalf in Santa Clara, California.
"His soul will live on through the Broncos, the city of Denver and all of our fans," Bowlen's family said in their statement Thursday night. "Heaven got a little bit more orange and blue tonight."
During his 35 seasons as owner, Bowlen's teams compiled a .596 winning percentage — tied for second-best in the NFL during that span. Among professional franchises in the four major North American sports, only the San Antonio Spurs, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Lakers were better, according to the Broncos.
Bowlen relished working behind the scenes and shied away from the spotlight. In the words of former coach Mike Shanahan, "Pat just wanted to be one of the guys."
"That's why I think he was so beloved by so many people, including myself," Shanahan said. "And you also knew that he would give anything to make your football team better or at least get a chance at the Super Bowl. At that time you would say every ounce that he had — I should say every penny he had — he wanted to go into giving the football team a Super Bowl. That was his No. 1 priority. That was it. It was not trying to buy different companies and trying to make more money. His goal was winning a Super Bowl."
Former Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said: "Most guys would tell you that played for him or worked for him that he was not only our owner, but he was your friend."
Bowlen served as a sounding board for NFL Commissioners Pete Rozelle, Paul Tagliabue and Roger Goodell. He was crucial to the league's growth as a member of 15 NFL committees, including co-chairing the NFL Management Council and working on network TV contracts, including the league's ground-breaking $18 billion deal in 1998.
"Pat was the driving force in establishing the championship culture of the Broncos. He was also an extraordinary leader at the league level during a key period," Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement. "With the fans, Pat felt in many ways that his team belonged to them and approached things with that in mind. There will never be another owner like Pat Bowlen."
Bowlen had a deep appreciation for his players, whether or not they were stars, and it's not unusual to see ex-Broncos watching practice.
"When I retired, Mr. B. told me I was welcome anytime at team headquarters," said Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe. "He said I didn't need a pass, either: 'Your face is your credential.'"
Ownership of the franchise is held in a trust Bowlen set up more than a decade ago in hopes one of his seven children will one day run the team. Until then, Ellis, one of three trustees, is doing so in a "What would Pat do?" sort of way.
Although daughter Brittany is hoping to one day take over the team, the succession plan and the trustees' oversight of Bowlen's estate has been challenged in state district court in the last year by some members of the Bowlen family.
Those who worked for Bowlen remember a man who put production ahead of profits; trained tirelessly for triathlons; fostered a winning atmosphere from the lobby to the locker room; and was always quick with a compliment and sure to couch his criticism.
"Pat Bowlen was the heart and soul of the Denver Broncos," Ellis said. "Not only was Pat a Hall of Fame owner — he was a Hall of Fame person."
Bowlen flashed his competitive streak whether on the road conducting league business, on the sideline watching his team or on the StairMaster drenched in sweat.
It was evident in his dislike for Peyton Manning when the quarterback played for Indianapolis before joining the Broncos in 2012.
"I get it, and I respect that," Manning said, adding that Bowlen flew back to Denver from his offseason home in Hawaii to welcome him when he signed with the Broncos, and they were friends afterward.
"If there was a way for him to compete against what he's going through," former defensive end Alfred Williams said a couple of summers ago, "he'd beat that damn disease every time."
Bowlen is survived by his wife, Annabel, and seven children: Amie, Beth, Patrick, Johnny, Brittany, Annabel and Christianna.
North Platte, Neb. (June 13, 2019) – The fast time in the barrel racing at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo came during the second performance, on June 13.
Barrel racer Emily Miller stopped the clock at 17.64 seconds to take over the lead.
The Weatherford, Oklahoma cowgirl was aboard her ten-year-old gelding Chongo, whose registered name is Namgis D 33.
It was the third rodeo back for the gray gelding, who was hurt at the Guymon, Okla. rodeo in early May. “He had two runs before this,” Miller said, “and tonight he definitely had his confidence back.”
Barrel racing horses can sometimes show a preference for indoor arenas or outdoor arenas, but Chongo does well at both. His owner and rider, Miller, doesn’t always. “I don’t ride him as well outside,” she said. “I have to really focus. He does his job. It’s just a matter of me doing mine.”
Chongo was trained and futuried on by Kylie Weast and purchased from Namgis Quarter Horses of Hondo, Texas. Miller has ridden him all winter, but it’s been hit and miss as far as winning. She and Chongo won a round at rodeos in Denver and San Antonio, but “we couldn’t put it all together with back to back runs.” At Rodeo Austin, she won her biggest check of the year: over $13,000. “That gave me a lot of confidence.”
Miller, who is a dental hygienist during the week and a barrel racer on weekends and during the summer, is ranked eighteenth in the world standings with nearly $33,000 won.
The leader in the second round of the tie-down roping is an Oklahoma man, Caddo Lewallen.
Lewallen, Morrison, Okla., had a time of 7.8 seconds to top the scoreboard.
He was aboard a ten-year-old bay mare, a horse he bought as a two-year-old and trained himself.
Lewallen, the son of Kerry and Vicki Lewallen, roped in high school and competed at the state and national levels while in high school, following in his dad’s footsteps as a tie-down roper. “It was something I’ve always been around. It’s what I do,” he said.
The 35-year-old cowboy competed in slack the morning of June 13 and left nearly as soon as he was done, headed for rodeos in Canada. He’ll spend the next two weeks in Canada then come back to the States.
His family, which includes wife Christy and daughters, ages eight and four, travel with him during the summers. In the winters, he travels with fellow steer wrestlers, but in the summers, his family goes along. “We take off and do our own thing,” he said. “We’re together all summer, and when the kids go back to school, we have to be home.”
They make sure to take time for the kids as they travel. In North Platte, the girls enjoyed Cody Park, and they visit parks, zoos, and swimming pools at the places they visit.
Lewallen has qualified eight times for the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, the regional rodeo championship for Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma and has won the average there three times.
Other fast times and high scores from Thursday’s slack and performance are bareback rider Joel Schlegel, Burns, Colo. (86 points); steer wrestler Reed Kraeger, Elwood, Neb. (3.7 seconds); saddle bronc rider Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash. (83 points); team ropers Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla./Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla. (5.7 seconds); and bull rider Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont. (83 points).
The third night of action at the Buffalo Bill rodeo takes place Friday, June 14. The rodeo starts at 8 pm. Tickets are available online at www.NebraskalandDays.com and at the gate. For more information, visit the website.
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High scores and fast times from Thursday morning slack and the second performance, June 13, 2019
Buffalo Bill Rodeo, North Platte, Nebraska
1. Joel Schlegel, Burns, Colo. 86 points on Movie Madness; 2. Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 83.5; 3. Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga. 82; 4. Mike Fred, Wamego, Kan. 74.
1. Reed Kraeger, Elwood, Neb. 3.7 seconds; 2.(tie) Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas and Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D. 3.8 each; 4. (tie) Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla. and Jarek Van Petten, Meriden, Kan. 3.9 each.
1. Caddo Lewallen, Morrison, Okla. 7.8 seconds; 2. Joey Dickens, Loveland, Colo. 7.9;
3. (tie)Caleb Bullock, Boise City, Okla., and Luke Madsen, Marshalltown, Iowa 8.0 each.
Saddle bronc riding
1. Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash. 83 points on Conviction; 2. Jake Finlay, Goodiwindi, Australia 81.5; 3. Roper Kiesner, Ripley, Okla. 79.5; 4. Connor Murnion, Jordan, Utah 74.
1. Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla./Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla. 5.7 seconds; 2. Tory Shaffer, Ft. Lupton, Colo./Jason DeVore, Ft. Lupton, Colo. 7.6; 3. Ty Blasingame, Casper, Wyo./Jerren Johnson, Casper, Wyo. 10.6; 4. Brian Dunning, McClave, Colo./Toby Mentzer, Ensign, Kan. 11.4.
1. Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla. 17.64 seconds; 2. Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn. 18.04; 3. Kelly Reichmuth, Humphrey, Neb. 18.12; 4. Abby Phillips, Marshall, Texas 18.38.
1. Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont. 83 points on Bullet Proof; 2. Zach Parker, Ft. Scott, Kan. 76.5; 3. Wyatt Rogers, Tahlequah, Okla. 74; no other qualified rides.
** All results are unofficial.
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Cutline: Oklahoma’s Caddo Lewallen leads the second round of the tie-down roping at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. The third and fourth nights of rodeo take place June 14-15. Photo by Don Christner.
North Platte, Neb. (June 12, 2019) – The monkey is off Shane Frey’s back.
For the first time, the Duncan, Oklahoma cowboy has won a check at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte.
Frey made a 3.4 second run during slack on the morning of June 12 to win the first round among 84 steer wrestlers.
The 27 year old has competed in North Platte’s pro rodeo six times, never having won money. “Honestly, I’ve always loved this rodeo,” he said, “but this is the first time I’ve been able to crack the pay window.”
He was aboard an eighteen-year-old gelding owned by Charlene Neale. Neale, the wife of Riley Duvall’s wife, has lent the horse to Duvall, also a steer wrestler, Frey, and their traveling companions.
Old Gray is an excellent steer wrestling mount, Frey said. “He really fits me well. He’s good, solid, and makes my job easy.” Neale has kept the horse close to home, for local rodeos and for her nephews to ride. This year, the horse will be on the pro rodeo trail across the nation. Frey, Duvall, Tyrel Cline, and Sam Goings will all ride Old Gray as they compete at PRCA rodeos. “He’s had a lot of guys win on him around the house, but this is the most he’s ever gone, to the biggest rodeos.”
Frey enjoys competing at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. “The money’s great, and it’s a cool rodeo. For us, it kicks off the summer run and it’s always exciting.” North Platte is considered the unofficial start to the Fourth of July rodeo season, the busiest time of the year for rodeo competition. “When we leave the house for the summer, it’s a good place to get everything rolling.” The newness of the season hasn’t worn off yet, Frey said. “We’re still fresh and ready to go, still full of hopes and dreams,” he joked. “After the Fourth (of July), you’re either really happy (due to success) or really grumpy (due to not doing well), and you’re tired, regardless of how you’re doing.”
A home state cowboy leads the bareback riding after the first night.
Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., scored 80.5 points on the Beutler and Son Rodeo horse Sure Motion.
It was the third time for the two to tango.
He got bucked off the mare in Odessa, Texas two years ago, and last year, at the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan, Okla., he made a qualified ride but got bucked off right after the eight second whistle.
“I’ve been on that horse three times now, and I’ve actually hit the dirt every time.” During tonight’s ride, he was bucked off, but it was after he had made a qualified ride.
The mare “takes a big run, away from the chute, and she’s kind of spooky for a guy, waiting on her to start bucking,” Shadbolt said. “When she breaks out and starts bucking, she comes around in a tight circle, and the circle puts a lot of centrifugal force on a rider, and it’s hard to spur straight back to your rigging when they’re coming around a corner.”
Shadbolt, a 2017 graduate of Doane College in Crete, Neb., with a chemistry degree, is in his rookie year of PRCA competition and in the running for Resistol Rookie of the Year. He’s in a logjam at the top with two other bronc riders, Tristan Hansen and Jesse Pope, with less than $300 separating the three men. He’d like to win the Rookie of the Year title. “Winning the rookie title is a big stepping stone for a lot of guys in the PRCA,” Shadbolt said. “I wanted to make a big splash when I jumped out and started going full time.”
Shadbolt is ranked twenty-sixth in the world standings.
After the morning’s slack and the evening competition, other leaders are tie-down ropers J.D. McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas and Justin Smith, Leesville, La.(8.4 seconds each); saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa (85 points); team ropers Kellan Johnson, Casper, Wyo. and Carson Johnson, Casper, Wyo. (5.0 seconds); barrel racer Chris Gibson, Windsor, Colo. (17.89 seconds); and bull rider Kyle Gardner, Kersey, Colo. (79).
The 2020 Miss Rodeo Nebraska was crowned, with the title going to Joeli Walrath of Ashton. The 2016 Loup City High School graduate is studying equine science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a member of the UNL equestrian team, is involved with the UNL rodeo team and club, and serves as the promtions officer for the University of Nebraska Rodeo Association executive board.
She will serve as lady in waiting until January 2020, when she will begin her reign, and will represent the state at the 2020 Miss Rodeo America pageant in Las Vegas.
The second of four nights of rodeo takes place Thursday, June 13 at 8 pm. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to show awareness of breast cancer, and proceeds will be donated to the Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte. Tickets are available at www.NebraskalandDays.com and at the gate.
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Results, 1st Performance and slack, June 12, 2019
North Platte, Nebraska – Buffalo Bill Rodeo
1. Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb. 80.5 points on Sure Motion; 2. (tie) Justin Pollmiller, Weatherford, Okla. and Will Martin, Durant, Okla. 76 each; no other qualified rides.
1. Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 3.4 seconds; 2. Bridger Anderson, Alva, Okla. 3.6; 3. (tie) Tyler Pearson, Atoka, Okla. and Sam Goings, Fallon, Nev. 3.7 each; 5. J.D.Struxness, Milan, Minn. 3.8; 6. Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb. 3.9.
1. (tie) J.D. McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas and Justin Smith, Leesville, La 8.4 seconds each; 3. Cody Huber, Albia, Iowa 8.5; 4. Cody McCartney, Durant, Okla. 9.1.
Saddle bronc riding
1. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa 85 points on Chisum Trail; 2. Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D. 83.5; 3. Brady Hill, Onida, S.D. 77.5; 4. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D. 71.
1. Kellan Johnson, Casper, Wyo./Carson Johnson, Casper, Wyo. 5.0 seconds; 2. Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D./Jesse Dale, Timberlake, S.D. 6.5; 3. Jeff Johnston, Thedford, Neb.,/Dustin Dan Harris O’Neill, Neb. 7.8; 4. JB Lord, Sturgis, S.D./Jake Beard, Menoken, N.D. 12.2.
1. Chris Gibson, Windsor, Colo. 17.89 seconds; 2. Kenna Kaminski, Bellville, Texas 18.15; 3. Aimee Kay, Bluff Dale, Texas 18.17; 4. Hallie Fulton, Wessington Springs, S.D. 18.48.
1. Kyle Gardner, Kersey, Colo. 79 points on Evac Man; 2. Luke Gee, Stanford, Mont. 77; no other qualified rides.
** All results are unofficial.
Lincoln – Husker basketball fans can officially start counting down to the start of the Fred Hoiberg era, as the Nebraska men’s basketball program released its 2019-20 non-conference schedule on Wednesday.
The 11-game non-conference slate includes three games at the Cayman Islands Classic, a meeting with Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the annual in-state matchup with Creighton and a renewal of games against regional foes South Dakota State and North Dakota.
Nebraska will open the season with four straight home games before hitting the road for the Cayman Islands Classic in late November. The Huskers will officially open the Fred Hoiberg era on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when the Huskers host UC Riverside in the first meeting between the two programs. It is the earliest season-opener in school history. NU will host Doane in an exhibition game at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
The Huskers continue the homestand against a pair of teams that made the postseason last year in Southern Utah (Nov. 9) and South Dakota State (Nov. 15). Southern Utah reached the second round of the CIT last season and returns three of its top four scorers. It is the first meeting between the Huskers and the Thunderbirds since 2009. South Dakota State went 24-9 last year and won the regular-season Summit League title before falling to eventual champion Texas in the NIT. The Jackrabbits made three straight NCAA appearances before the 2019 NIT trip. It is the first meeting between NU and SDSU since 2011.
The contest with Southern (Nov. 22) is part of the Cayman Islands Classic, as each of the eight teams will play one home game prior to the tournament. The field for the Cayman Islands Classic (Nov. 25-27) includes Colorado State, George Mason, Loyola (Chicago), New Mexico State, Old Dominion, South Florida and Washington State. The pairings for the bracket will be announced later this summer.
The Huskers open the month of December with road games at Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge (Dec. 4) and at Creighton (Dec. 7). The Bluejays went 20-15 and reached the NIT before losing to TCU last season.
Nebraska will play two conference games ahead of final exams before returning to the court for its final two non-conference games against North Dakota (Dec. 21) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Dec. 29). The matchup with UND will be the Huskers’ first against the school since 2017 and the third meeting since the Fighting Hawks joined Division I. The Huskers will close out non-conference action against a TAMU-CC team that finished sixth in the Southland Conference last season. It will be the first meeting between the Huskers and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The 17-game home schedule at Pinnacle Bank Arena this season is highlighted by 10 Big Ten matchups, including tilts with NCAA qualifiers Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin, along with games against Indiana, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers.
For more season ticket information or to sign up for the 2019-20 wait list, visit Huskers.com/Tickets or call the NU Ticket Office at (800) 8-BIGRED during business hours. Season tickets for the 2019-20 season begin at $136.
2019-20 Nebraska Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Saturday, Nov. 9
Friday, Nov. 15
Friday, Nov. 22
Mon.-Wed., Nov. 25-27 at Cayman Islands Classic
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Saturday, Dec. 7
Saturday, Dec. 21
Sunday, Dec. 29
Two Huskers Among Top-10 JUCO Signees
Lincoln – A pair of Husker men’s basketball signees were recognized this week, as JUCORecruiting.com released its final top-100 ranking for the class of 2019.
Cam Mack (Austin, Texas) was rated as the No. 3 JUCO player in this year’s class, while Jervay Green (Denver, Colo.) was the eighth-rated prospect by the site. Nebraska was the only program in the country with two players among the top 10 in this year’s class. The two players are also the program’s first top-10 recruits according to the JUCO site dating back to 2011.
Mack, the top-rated point guard in the class, spent last season at Salt Lake CC, averaging 19.1 points, 7.2 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game this past season. Mack, a first-team All-Region 18 honoree, ranked in the top 25 nationally in assists (fifth) and steals (24th). The 6-foot-2 guard dished out 10-or-more assists on nine occasions and had three triple-doubles in his lone season at the school. Mack shot 46 percent from the field and boasted a 2.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Green, who was listed as the No. 2 combo guard in the country, was one of the nation’s most prolific scoring guards at Western Nebraska CC. He earned second-team NJCAA All-America honors, averaging 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists last season. The Region IX Co-Player of the Year, Green ranked eighth nationally in scoring while shooting 55 percent from the field, including 39 percent from 3-point range. Green’s sophomore season was highlighted by a 51-point performance against Iowa Lakes CC, one of his three 40-point games on the year.
Green and Mack highlight Nebraska’s recruiting class that begins to arrive on campus beginning next week.
Thorbjarnarson Represents Iceland
Rising junior Thorir Thorbjarnarson represented his native Iceland earlier this week, competing in the Games of the Small States of Europe. The Olympic-style competition is held for European countries with populations of under one million people.
Thorbjarnarson played in three games for Iceland’s Senior National Team during the competition, averaging 9.3 points per game, including 14 points in a loss to the hosts from Montenegro. He closed out the event with 12 points in a win over Cyprus in the fifth-place game. It is the second time that Thorbjarnarson has played in the tournament, as he made his national team debut in the event in 2017.
Last season, Thorbjarnarson played in 25 games, including seven starts, to help the Huskers to a 19-17 record. He averaged 2.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, as Nebraska reached its second straight NIT. He moved in the starting lineup during the Huskers’ Big Ten Tournament and NIT games, and had eight points, three rebounds and three assists in the Huskers’ second-round NIT loss to TCU.
Husker Basketball Camps Begin Next Week
The first session of the Fred Hoiberg Basketball Camps begins next Monday, June 10, at the Hendricks Training Complex.
The 2019 camp series will feature two four-day camps, as well a pair of specialty clinics for boys and girls entering the 3rd-12th grade. In addition, there will also be a three-day Little Husker camp for kids who are in grades K-4 for the upcoming year. Hoiberg and his staff of instructors will work with campers on the fundamentals of basketball in a fun atmosphere. All camps are open to both boys and girls entering the respective grade level.
For more information, camp information, pricing and to register for the 2019 camps, email fredhoibergbasketballcamps@
Lincoln – For the second straight year, Nebraska will be on the road for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, as the Huskers will travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a matchup with Georgia Tech. The game at McCamish Pavilion will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The start time and television information will be announced at a later date. All 14 games are carried on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU) and available on the ESPN App.
This will be only the second-ever matchup between the Huskers and Yellow Jackets, as the teams have not played since a 66-49 win by Georgia Tech on Dec. 28, 1983.
The Huskers have played well on the road in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, posting a 3-1 mark following a 68-66 win at Clemson last season. NU also posted road wins at Wake Forest (2012) and at Florida State (2014).
Georgia Tech returns its top three scorers for Coach Josh Pastner, who begins his fourth season at the school. Georgia Tech went 14-18 last year and placed 10th in the ACC with a 6-12 conference mark. Junior guard Jose Alvarado led the Yellow Jackets in scoring (12.5 ppg), assists (3.4 pg) and steals (1.8 spg) last season, while senior forward James Banks III chipped in 10.5 points per game while topping Tech in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and blocked shots (2.5 bpg). Sophomore Michael Devoe is also back after averaging 9.7 points per game and shooting nearly 40 percent from the 3-point line.
Nebraska is 5-3 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge since joining the conference in 2011-12. Five of Nebraska’s eight games have been decided by five points or less, including all three losses. In all, Nebraska is 9-6 all-time in conference challenge games, including the Gavitt Games and the former Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Challenge. The Big Ten is 5-12-3 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, but is an impressive 5-2-3 over the last 10 years. Last year, the teams split the 14 games which allowed the ACC to keep the Commissioner’s Cup.
Nebraska Head Coach Fred Hoiberg is no stranger to conference challenge events in his time at Iowa State, going 2-1 in three such events, including a perfect 2-0 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
The Huskers will have a completely retooled roster under Hoiberg, who was hired in April after four-plus seasons with the Chicago Bulls. NU replaces all five starters from a team that went 19-17 and reached the second round of the NIT. In all, 12 of the 13 scholarship players have not played a game at Nebraska and the only returnee who saw playing time a year ago is junior guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson, who averaged 2.0 ppg.. The only other returnee is junior Dachon Burke, who sat out last season after spending two seasons at Robert Morris, where he earned all-conference honors in 2017-18 by averaging 17.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.
The incoming class includes 11 scholarship newcomers and is NU’s second-highest rated class of the Big Ten era by 247Sports, despite Hoiberg and his staff putting the class together in less than six weeks. The newcomers include a pair of junior college guards ranked in the top-10 nationally in Cam Mack and Jervay Green along with five Division I transfers who combined for 2,300 points and more than 1,000 rebounds at the Division I level. A four-member freshman class includes Yvan Ouedraogo, who will play for France’s U-18 team this summer, Samari Curtis, who was Mr. Basketball in Ohio last year after averaging 34 points per game, and Akol Arop, who was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Nebraska last season.
Season-ticket renewals are underway for the 2019-20 season. Invoices had been sent to season-ticket holders prior to today’s announcement with the expectation of 18 home games, including a home game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. However, with Nebraska playing a road game in the Challenge for the second consecutive season, ticket holders will receive email communication regarding updated invoices to reflect a 17-game home schedule.
For more information on Nebraska basketball tickets, including the season-ticket waitlist, fans can visit Huskers.com/tickets. Nebraska’s full non-conference schedule will be announced later this month.
2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
Monday, December 2
Miami at Illinois
Clemson at Minnesota
Tuesday, December 3
Florida State at Indiana
Iowa at Syracuse
Michigan at Louisville
Duke at Michigan State
Northwestern at Boston College
Rutgers at Pitt
Wednesday, December 4
Notre Dame at Maryland
Nebraska at Georgia Tech
Ohio State at North Carolina
Wake Forest at Penn State
Virginia at Purdue
Wisconsin at NC State